LX3?


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headfonz

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looks like an official announcement is coming really soon
http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-...eras/model.DMC-LX3K_11002_7000000000000005702

DMC-LX3KNew! LUMIX DMC-LX3 10.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with F2.0 24mm Wide-Angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON Lens and Enhanced CCD Technology, Black
DMC- LX3 Overview Copy

A Pleasure to Own, a Joy to Use
Designed for easy, creative shooting, and high-performance in low-light conditions, the DMC-LX3 features a F2.0 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens, 10.1 mega pixels and an ultra-sensitive 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for this model. By combining a high-quality lens and sensor ready for a variety of shooting conditions with a wide-range of accessories and manual controls, the DMC-LX3 is ideal for professional photographers and serious amateurs looking for a compact digital camera that furthers their creative photography.

More than Just a High Pixel Count
The Highest-Quality Images Ever from a Compact Digital Camera
At the heart of the DMC-LX3, is its 1/1.63-inch CCD. Making the intentional choice to limit the number of mega pixels to 10.1 on its CCD, Panasonic was able to give more space for each pixel and also redesigned the peripheral circuits and other components to further minimize noise generation. As a result, sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent, when compared to Panasonics 10 MP digital cameras*, giving the DMC-LX3 outstanding image quality and a wide dynamic range, and meeting the demand for a camera that works optimally in low-light environments. The CCD is also capable of reproducing images in three aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2 or 16:9. The new Multi Aspect mode allows the camera to take an image in all three aspect ratios simultaneously, allowing you to choose the version that best suits their needs.

Large Aperture F2.0, 24mm Wide-Angle
Another major upgrade to the DMC-LX3 is the F2.0 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens. The F2.0 is about twice as bright as a F2.8 lens and can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture clear, blur-free images in dimly lit environments. In addition, the 24mm lens captures approximately a 213% larger viewing angle than a normal 35mm camera and 136% larger compared to a 28mm wide-angle lens. The lens unit consists of eight elements in six groups with four aspherical lenses with four aspherical surfaces. As a result of the F2.0 lens, the DMC-LX3 produces high resolution and minimal distortion and artifacts such as chromatic aberrations, ghosting and flaring.

Shooting Functions that Invite Creativity
The DMC-LX3 features a Film mode with six color types and three types of monochrome selections. Much like selecting from different film types, this function gives you the flexibility and creative freedom to take more expressive digital photos. Also, when using the Multi-film mode, the DMC-LX3 produces a maximum of three images from a RAW file for you to compare the different textures. Another new feature is the multiple-exposure feature, which lets you create artistic photos by overlaying up to three consecutive images; while still viewing the last image on the 3.0-inch LCD screen. The LCD on the DMC-LX3 is new and improved with a 460,000-dot high resolution.

*Compared with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX35 with 1/2.33 CCD.

 

headfonz

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the specs

sensor
10.1 Megapixels, Image Sensor 1/1.63" 11.3 Total Mega Pixels CCD

lens
Focal Length f=5.1-12.8mm (35mm Equiv.: 24-60mm)
Lens LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON
8 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical Lenses / 4 Aspherical surfaces)
Aperture Range Wide: F3.3 / F8.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.8 / F8 (2 steps)
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 50cm/ Tele 50cm - infinity
Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto/Mode1/ Mode2)
Optical Zoom 2.5x
Intelligent AUTO / Macro: Wide 1cm / Tele 30cm - infinity
 

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If it's true, it will surely be a beauty. Surely it will be suitable for traveling usage without carrying a DSLR setup in the bag. :thumbsup:
 

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f2 summicron is definitely the main draw of this baby. i'm happy that panny didn't overstuff the sensor. 24mm on 16:9 format is gonna be really interesting, the aspect ratio will make its images look 'wider' than the GX200
 

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Hooray! just when i thought we going to see the last of the lx series ...
now with larger sensor with mega pixel remained at 10 mega pixel couple with the summicron lens....at 24mm 16:9 aspect ratio.:D
on looking at it closely...it came with a hotshoe somemore :D
 

headfonz

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it'll be really funny to attach a FL50R on the lx3 :bsmilie:
 

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new af tracking setting

http://panasonic.net/pavc/lumix/lx3/manual.html

Simply focus on your subject, then press the AF/AE Lock button to activate AF Tracking. Even when you remove your finger from the AF/AE Lock button, the camera continues to automatically keep your moving subject in focus. This keeps the focus sharp and blur-free when shooting active children or pets, as well as when capturing sports scenes or subjects in a moving vehicle. It minimizes the shutter time lag so you won't miss those spur-of-the-moment shots, and helps to give you truly beautiful photos always.
 

nicky

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Spec looks very good, and the lens is wide and relatively fast :lovegrin:. But photos circulating in the net from preproduction models doesn't inspire much confidence unfortunately. Hopefully this doesn't reflect the actual production model.
 

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the specs looks really attracitve.

but dpreview said its price is 399 pounds???
 

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The samples here in this review were also terrible.

http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/9604.html

According to the reviewer, "They don't quite look representative of a flagship camera with a supersized sensor, especially in comparison to the pristine results we got from the 1/1.6-inch sensor in the Fujifilm F100fd".

Might as well just get the Fuji F100fd... it have a slightly larger sensor and better image quality... and much cheaper... and available now. ;)
 

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The samples here in this review were also terrible.

http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/9604.html

According to the reviewer, "They don't quite look representative of a flagship camera with a supersized sensor, especially in comparison to the pristine results we got from the 1/1.6-inch sensor in the Fujifilm F100fd".

Might as well just get the Fuji F100fd... it have a slightly larger sensor and better image quality... and much cheaper... and available now. ;)
Hopefully the sample pictures are not indicative of the LX-3 final image quality... hardware specs wise, it's fast F2/2.8 aperture combined with 720p/24fps HD video recording looks set to triumph the Ricoh's GX-200... hope to see some photography sites given both of them a shoot-out! :D
 

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LX 3 = 10.1 mp
FX 150/180 = 14.7 mp
on the way here.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, :cool::):cool::thumbsup:
 

chisiang

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Let's hope that noise control is better this time round. I had the LX2 and noise control was a joke :thumbsd: only ISO100 is usable. Writing speed for RAW was also a joke when it took more than 10 second to write a file. File size for RAW is also unacceptable @ 10 MP, its RAW file exceeds 20 MB compared to Nikon's 12 MB for 12 megapixel.

If Panasonic has overcome this two, this nifty little P&S will be an awesome equipment to get. We shall see.
 

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